Brent Bernasconi

Catch Olympic Excitement In San Diego

Today marks the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games with an opening ceremony full of dazzling sights and sounds (and I hear James Bond and Harry Potter might make an appearance). While most of us can’t make it to London, you can still catch the Olympic excitement in San Diego. Catch a family-friendly viewing of the opening ceremony along the water, or see where 80 Team USA Olympians trained (which amounts to about 1 in 5 of the US Olympic athletes trained in San Diego!) at the Olympic Training Center.

Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party

Tonight, climb aboard the USS Midway for a free viewing of the Olympics Opening Ceremony starting at 6:30 PM. During the festivities, visitors will enjoy the following activities:

  • Scheduled appearance by BMX Olympic team
  • Olympic archery athletes conducting archery demonstrations
  • Paralympic soccer team hosting juggling contests for kids
  • Autograph and photos sessions
  • Interactive displays and activities
  • Two giant screens to watch the opening ceremonies in London
  • Typical British fair and drinks for sale!
  • And much more!

> Find out More about the Olympics Opening Ceremony View Party on the USS Midway

Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

Olympic Training Center Flame

Take a peek inside what it takes to train US Olympians at the Olympic Training Center in South Bay’s Chula Vista. The combination of San Diego’s near perfect year-round weather  and open space made for the perfect spot to build a facility for archery, beach volleyball, BMX, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, triathlon and cross-training for various winter sports.

During the week, visitors can take a self-guided walk down the mile-long Olympic Path with a printable map or by using a cell phone. Guided tours are offered on Saturdays at 11:00 AM.

> Find out more about the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center

In the comments below, tell us about your favorite Olympic sport…


Watch the Opening Olympic Ceremonies Aboard the USS Midway Museum FREE!

USS Midway Museum

Catch the Olympic spirit and cheer on Team USA aboard the USS Miday Museum, Friday, July 27. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., program begins at 7:00 p.m. Watch the live broadcast on two giant screens starting at 7:30 p.m. Festivities include:

* An the opportunity to meet the 2012 BMX Olympic Team before they head to London!
* Take photos with a real Olympic torch and meet Olympians and Paralympians
* Archery demos from Chula Vista Olympic Training Center resident athletes
* Join in on a juggling contest with members of the 2012 Paralypic Soccer Team
* A Kids Zone presented by the YMCA of San Diego County with rugby, field hockey, soccer, gymnastics and fitness stations
* Interactive displays
and more!

British food and drinks will be available for purchase. Lightweight lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.

Robert Arends

San Diego’s Coronado Blooms – and Zooms – this Weekend!

Blooomin' good times at Coronado Flower Show!

Spring has sprung! Big white tents are sprouting up like flowers in Spreckels Park, Coronado in preparation for the big 87th Annual Coronado Flower Show this weekend, April 21-22. The delightful kaleidoscope of colors, encompassing the 600 block of Orange Avenue, makes it the most popular springtime event on the island!

Did you know: Coronado’s grand floral fête is the largest tented flower show in the U.S.!

Flower Beautifulness! Photo credit:

This year’s theme, “A Floral Olympiad” celebrates the summer Olympic games in London with design categories incorporating iconic images like the Olympic rings, release of the doves and the Olympic flame. Trophies for best blooms are awarded on Sunday at 3:00 pm; definitely bring a camera!

Cost is only $5; children 12 and under are Free. Hours are 1:00 – 5:00 pm this Saturday and 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Coronado Flower Show

Stop and smell the roses!

Oh, and if you think it’s just flowers, think again! There’s also a beer garden, flower/plant marketplace and huge Coronado Library Book Fair. And if you’re up for exploring Coronado, be sure to pick up a self-guided map to award-winning home gardens throughout the island. It’ll inspire any aspiring gardeners.

Motorcars on MainStreet in Coronado

Vroom! with a view - Motorcars on MainStreet

To top off the weekend, there’s more “wheel fun” to be had at the 22nd Annual MotorCars on MainStreet this Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Location: Isabella and Orange Avenues.

Check out 400 classic (pre-1973) cars, convertibles, roadsters, trucks, street rods and other cool custom rides that’ll get your motor running (my Chrysler PT Cruiser didn’t make the cut 😉 )

Rock to live entertainment all day by Tommy Price & The Stilettos and DJ Scooby spinning Solid Gold hits.

MotorCars on MainStreet in Coronado

Lookin' good under the hood! Motorcars on MainStreet

Admission is Free. There’s also a Free street trolley running all day to take visitors around the island: from Motorcars on MainStreet to the Hotel del Coronado, the Coronado Flower Show and down to Coronado Ferry Landing shops by the bay.

There are LOTS of good reasons to put you “petal” (hee hee!) to the metal and head over the bridge to Coronado this weekend. See you there!

(Coronado Flower Show photos courtesy of